OUR "HOME-GROWN" MISSIONARIES
Even in the earliest days of our beginnings in 1977, Zion Fellowship has had a heart for the nations...giving ourselves to the call of the Great Commission.
We have supported missionaries and have sent out countless short-term missions teams. Over the past few years, we have asked the Lord to raise up from our midst; from this house; those who would serve the purposes of God on foreign fields. God is answering our prayer. These are among the first wave of "home grown" missionaries...encouraged, equipped, and sent out from Zion Fellowship to the Nations!
Scott & Tricia Leisner
Scott and Tricia minister with Christ for the City International in Costa Rica. Tricia works as a nurse (clinic based and monthly medical outreach excursions) and Scott as an English teacher. Together they also administer Comunidad Christiana Maranatha, a discipleship-based program focused on training youth to reach the world for Christ. They provide daily based discipleship for the students who live in their campus house and provide opportunities for young people to serve. They have also established a coffeehouse ministry to reach out to the local unsaved youth.
Scott and Tricia have three children, Alexander, Ezekiel, and, Melody Joy.
Kelly is currently on staff at the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) base in Lakeside, Montana. She is involved with discipling the students at the base who have a heart for missions. She teaches classes, mentors individual students, runs small groups, and leads students on foreign outreaches, all to prepare many of them for future full time missions work.
MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!' " Isaiah 52:7
Andrew & Margaret Abu-Ghazaleh
Seminars for International Leadership Seminars
Home base for Andrew and his family is Nazareth, Israel. From this location, he conducts leadership conferences for pastors and Christian leaders in such countries as India, Malaysia, Nepal and throughout the Middle East. He also has oversight of many pastors and churches throughout Galilee.
Peter’s main missionary focus is reaching out to rural, unreached and unchurched villages which are dotted around the countryside of Ghana, and planting churches in these villages. His ministry maintains a training center primarily for the training of lay workers from these villages. Also, recognizing the need to ‘catch them young,’ he has founded Zion Academy, a preschool through 12th grade Christian school that is open to children of all faiths.
Jonathan & Dani Bowden
Niger, West Africa
Jonathan & Dani (along with their five young children) are Elim missionaries in Niger, West Africa. They have worked with an indigenous church called, "Vie Abondante" (Abundant Life) since 2010. Their missionary emphasis is on church planting and discipleship/leadership training. Jonathan directs the bible school which offers a one-year discipleship course. Both Jonathan & Dani are also involved in a ministry called Abraham's Place, a Christian primary school that brings in children from remote villages who have no access to education. They not only receive a good education through this school but also receive in depth discipleship and care.
Roger & Margaret Clark
Roger and Margaret have been missionaries in Haiti since 1986 where they established New Life Bible College. The college has since graduated over 500 students who are currently ministering to an estimated 25,000 people. Over the years, their ministry has grown to also include other aspects such as church planting, elementary education, and reconstruction and humanitarian aid.
Peter & Darleen DeArruda
New York City, NY, USA
Since 1987, Peter and Darleen serve as urban missionaries on the front lines of New York City with the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM). The DeArrudas help mobilize, train, and send forth college students and church groups throughout the NYC mission field in ‘hands on’ urban ministries: soup kitchens, block parties, street meetings, compassion outreaches to the homeless, networking with NYC pastors and churches for citywide revival. Peter serves as the executive vice-president of NYSUM.
International College Students
Linda is the Executive Director of International Student Network, Inc., which is designed to reach international students for Christ. She reaches out to students from foreign countries who are studying in the Rochester area colleges and public school system. She does this through programs and activities such as the Host Family Program, English as a Second Language classes, Emerging Artist Series, Bible Studies and special seasonal events.
Rick & Sharon LeBouef
Rick and Sharon have been involved in evangelism and church planting in eastern Ecuador for more than 40 years. They have changed their home base to Puyo, Ecuador and are actively involved in evangelism and bible distribution through Gideons International.
Engineering Ministries International
Gary ministers with Engineering Ministries International, whose mission is to mobilize Christian architects, engineers, and design professionals to donate their skills and time to help children and families around the world to step out of poverty and into a world of hope.
Bill & Jen Morlang
Papua New Guinea
Bill & Jen Morlang are missionaries to Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Missions. Bill heads up all building and maintenance on the base and in remote tribal locations. Jen manages the guest homes for the missionaries, a place where their missionaries can come out to be refreshed and renewed, spiritually and physically. They both minister to the nationals and missionaries in their area as well in remote locations. Bill also serves as Contingency Coordinator for the base and Jen serves as the Sepik Region Secretary for Finance.
Vanger & Katie DeOliveira
Vagner and Katie are currently on staff at the YWAM base in Wiley, TX. This base ministers to a large population of refugees in the area, has partnerships in Africa and Asia with orphanages and ministries caring for at risk children, and has a ministry to prostitutes and women at risk for trafficking in the metropolitan area of Dallas.
Jaipaul & Sarah Papabathini
Kansas City, MO
Jaipaul and Sarah Papabathini, are missionaries to India. Together, through their ministry Rescuing Lives, they work to rescue and educate 500 women at risk of trafficking annually. They rescue, feed, and restore the health of babies in local villages, and they oversee a slum school that restores the lives of children through education that are born into severe poverty. They also provide food and medical care to the elderly, widowed, and children in the poorest regions that have no way of providing for themselves. Through the commitment of friends and partners, Rescuing Lives is making an impact in the poorest regions in India and raising up the next generation to know the Lord and have a bright future ahead.
Hugh & Donna Smith
Voice of the Martyrs, USA
Hugh and Donna are honored to represent the Persecuted Church through ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs. They travel full-time throughout the United States and many countries encouraging believers all over the world to "be a voice for those who have no voice."
Mark & Michele Tweksbury
Mark and Michele are Elim Fellowship missionaries who serve the Lord in Nairobi, Kenya. They are assistants to the Director of REHEMA House, which is an orphanage for over 80 children affected by HIV/AIDS. They work in all areas of the orphanage as needed.
Christopher & Megan Vengala
North Carolina, USA
As the Directors of YWAM in Asheville, NC, Christopher and Megan are involved in mentoring and discipling young people who have a heart for missions, conducting missionary training schoools, and overseeing missions trips. They also continue their efforts to make connections with the Body of Christ in Asheville.